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Celtic 0-0 Ross County

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Celtic Park

Ross County put the shackles on Celtic as they held the champions in Glasgow.

Ronny Deila signalled his attacking intent with Leigh Griffiths, John Guidetti and Anthony Stokes starting, but the latter was an early injury victim for the home side.

The goal avalanche never arrived with County defending resolutely, though Callum McGregor did hit the bar.

And it was the visitors who could have won it late on when Filip Kiss struck the post.

The only solace for Celtic is that Hamilton and Dundee United failed to take advantage with both slipping to defeat.

Jim McIntyre's men fall to the bottom of the table despite gaining a point.

Just before the match started, Ross County were forced into a reshuffle after Graham Carey suffered a back spasm and he was replaced by Michael Gardyne.

As expected, Celtic had the majority of the early possession but they struggled to create chances.

Two free-kicks from Guidetti were the early highlights, the first saved by Antonio Reguero, and the second ruffling the side-netting.

From a Stefan Johansen free-kick Nir Bitton provided a goal-bound header but Reguero batted the ball to safety.

Ross County were virtually non-existent as an attacking force. A Martin Woods snap-shot wide of the target after some slack Celtic defending was the best they could muster.

A cut-back from Adam Matthews then gave Celtic substitute McGregor a great chance but he could not get his shot away.

Griffiths had a crack at goal that looked dangerous but Guidetti attempted to back-heel it into the corner and the ball ended up flashing wide of the post.

Celtic began the second half a little bit flat and County's Lewis Toshney tried an early header, but it was a comfortable save for Craig Gordon.

McGregor then almost broke the deadlock with a chipped effort from the edge of the box, but it came back off the bar with Guidetti failing to finish the rebound.

Celtic were generally labouring to break the visitors down and, with that in mind, Stefan Scepovic and Kris Commons were brought on from the bench to try to liven up the hosts.

However, it was County who almost stole all three points when a shot from Kiss beat Gordon, but agonisingly for the Slovak it cracked back off the post.

Griffiths then fired in a late shot which Reguero did well to save to keep it goalless.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 2Matthews
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 28mins
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 10StokesSubstituted forMcGregorat 9'minutesSubstituted forCommonsat 67'minutes
  • 28Griffiths
  • 25Johansen
  • 9GuidettiSubstituted forScepovicat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Scepovic
  • 15Commons
  • 24Zaluska
  • 34O'Connell
  • 42McGregor
  • 53Henderson
  • 63Tierney

Ross County

  • 1RegueroBooked at 90mins
  • 8Brittain
  • 6SaundersBooked at 12mins
  • 43Quinn
  • 12Reckord
  • 31DunfieldBooked at 90minsSubstituted forRossat 90+1'minutes
  • 26Woods
  • 10KissBooked at 26mins
  • 5Boyd
  • 40GardyneSubstituted forToshneyat 38'minutes
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forJervisat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cardle
  • 9Jervis
  • 14Maatsen
  • 17Ross
  • 21Brown
  • 25Toshney
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
45,798

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 0, Ross County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Ross County 0.

  3. Booking

    Antonio Reguero (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

  5. Post update

    Steven Saunders (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Yoann Arquin.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

  8. Post update

    (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Steven Ross replaces Terry Dunfield.

  10. Booking

    Terry Dunfield (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Terry Dunfield (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

  19. Post update

    Filip Kiss (Ross County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.